Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance

(Cassandra Palmer Series, #4)
Published April 2009
Urban Fantasy

Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don’t want the independent minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant—and they’ll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.

The Vampire Senate does support Cassie in her position, but their protection comes with a price: an alliance with the sexy master vampire Mircea, who has claimed Cassie as his own.

But even the vampires will have trouble keeping Cassie alive now that the self-styled god Apollo, the source of the Pythia’s power, has it in for her in a big way. To save her life—and the world—Cassie’s going to have to face down her creator…

Cassandra’s life is a hectic tornado whipped into action at every corner, every moment. She hasn’t been pithia long but everyone’s still gunning for her, new problems are erupting left and right while she’s trying to stem the issues already existing and all these overwhelming situations leave me needing a cup of tea and nap myself!

Karen Chance has injected humor throughout every book, but I have to say this is probably the funniest. It’s still serious with plenty of action – almost too much – but there’s loads of humorous dialogue and situations woven in convincingly. The bodyguards Mircea placed on Cassie are especially funny. I love Marco as the protective vampire – in fact, I feel bad for him as he has to look after Cassie, who rarely listens and pays attention, always winding herself into disasters and near death experiences.

I’m not saying Cassie’s dumb really. She’s intelligent enough, but she doesn’t listen to advice well and is kind of a “jump in before you think” kind of gal. Sometimes it’s understandable, other times it’s just frustrating and leaving me wanting to strangle her too. She does need more growth. We get some back story with her parents and revelations about that; I have a feeling that’s going to play a bigger part in future stories.

As always Mircea is yummy, but he’s around here less than I’d figure. I am switching to team Pritken slowly but surely. I never found the mage attractive before, but that’s changing. It’s not a full-fledged triangle yet, but it’s getting there…maybe? There is a hot scene that’s forced upon Cassie, but I still liked it. And seriously, very hot. It brings dimension to the characters, making me even more curious what’s going to happen with their lives.

I do wish Chance would do more with the ghosts and that ability, but so far nothing yet. Exclamation points are still used too much in dialogue, but overall it’s well written. The action is still high and strong, but I like how it’s calming down some to become less confusing and more interesting in a character-focused way. I’m also delighted to see one of the enemies, the Silver Circle, calm down as that plot pressure was growing thin.

   Book Quotes:

“My tried-and-true philosophy of keeping people at a distance was taking a beating lately. It wasn't working so well with Mircea, and Pritkin had somehow bulldozed past every defense I had before I'd even noticed. I still wasn't sure how he'd done it. He wasn't that good-looking, he had the social skills of a wet cat and the patience of a caffeinated hummingbird. In between crazy stunts and, okay, saving my life, he was just really annoying. When we'd started working together, I'd assumed it would be a question of putting up with Pritkin; then suddenly the stupid hair was making me smile, and the sporadic heroics were making my heart jump and the constant bitching had me wanting to kiss him quiet. And now I cared more than was good for me.”

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